- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say flash flooding sent mud and rock across Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles, forcing an hourslong closure of northbound lanes in Castaic and causing traffic to back up for miles.

California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Bishop said a 35-mile stretch of northbound lanes were closed Sunday night due to flooding at Fort Tejon, about 75 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

The flooding was part of a storm system that brought rain and strong winds across Southern California. The National Weather Service said some mountain and foothill areas received a half inch of rain on Sunday.

Bishop told The Los Angeles Times that the northbound stretch reopened after more than three hours.

The same area of Interstate 5 was shut down in October when a mudslide stranded hundreds of vehicles on the major north-sound thoroughfare.

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